Web Summit announces its first 200 speakers for 2019

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Forbes says Web Summit is “the best tech conference on the planet”, Bloomberg calls it “Davos for geeks”, Politico “the Olympics of tech”, and the Guardian “Glastonbury for geeks”, and in the words of Inc Magazine “Web Summit is the largest technology conference in the world”.

Web Summit has announced the first 200 speakers for its 2019 conference, alongside new events, tracks and themes for all attendees arriving in Lisbon to take part in the four-day event to be held this coming November.

With more of a  focus on gaming, streaming and fashion – speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Anna Gedda, CSO of H&M
  • Sri Shivananda, CTO of PayPal
  • Randy Freer, CEO of Hulu
  • Brad Smith, President of Microsoft
  • Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com
  • Phil Spencer, CEO of Xbox
  • Vladamir Klitchko, founder of Klitchko Ventures GmbH
  • Julia Goldin, CMO of Lego Group
  • Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder
  • Kristen Garcia Dumont, CEO of MZ
  • Adam D’Angelo, Co-founder, Quora
  • Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer of Electronic Arts
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development of Microsoft
  • Jessica Spence, CCO, Carlsberg
  • Juliet de Baubigny, Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins
  • Katia Bassi, CMO of Lamborghini
  • Mike Isaac, Technology Reporter, New York Times
  • Nana Akufo, President of Ghana
Gillian Tans, CEO, Booking.com
Gillian Tans, CEO, Booking.com

New themes:

When it comes to up and coming themes in technology, gaming and streaming will be made more prominent at this year’s conference. The CEO of Hulu and the CEO of Microsoft Xbox are confirmed to speak for the first time in Web Summit history.

Bigger stages:

MoneyConf 2019 is moving from Dublin to Lisbon, expanding the conference from two days to three days within the conference, with the CTO of PayPay already confirmed to speak.

Venture will expand to become a three day conference, with the stage being made available to all attendees. This will be alongside the invite-only event for the world’s most influential investors from top international funds.

Investors already confirmed for Venture include:

  • Mike Maples, Founding Partner of FLOODGATE
  • Pat Grady, Partner, Sequoia Capital
  • Andrei Brasoveanu, Accel Partners, Partner
  • Dharmash Mistry, General Partner of Lakestar
  • Chetan Puttagunta, General Partner, Benchmark Capital
  • Tony Zappala, Partner at Highland Capital Partners a
  • Tim Draper, Founder of Draper Associates
  • Sebastian Schmincke, Partner, Creandum Simon
  • Tara Reeves, Partner of OMERS Ventures
  • Christian Nagel, Partner and Co-founder of Earlybird
Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates  on Web Summit
Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates on Web Summit

Secret events:

A secret event will be hosted for two and a half days before Web Summit exclusively for 500 of the world’s most promising early stage startups. The founders of these startups will take part in activities around Lisbon, making the most networking opportunities and evening events.

New offices:

Web Summit now employs 10 in Lisbon, working in space from the Rato area. The company is scouting around Lisbon for a new office that can fit between 50 to 100 employees.